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Russian Orthodox bell returned to Kodiak
A 19th century Russian Orthodox bell has been returned to Alaska and Orthodox natives after being held by Catholics for more than a century in Southern California. The bell, known as the San Fernando bell, was returned to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Oct. 1 and is waiting to be placed in a permanent outside display. Rev. Innocent Dresdow, dean of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, said repatriation o...
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Refuge closure isn't stopping Kodiak hunters
The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is officially closed to hunting. Unofficially, that doesn’t mean much. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, only subsistence hunters are permitted in the refuge during the government shutdown. Ask Kodiak flight services and resident hunters, however, and you get a different picture. “The refuge called me and told me we couldn’t take anyone into the refuge,” said Dean A...
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Public works director asks for fast-tracked pump house
City public works director Mark Kozak has asked the city council to fast-track a replacement for Kodiak's main water pumping station. The Monashka Reservoir pump house is dilapidated and infested with bats. Its pumps are obsolecent energy hogs more than 40 years old. The stability of the pump house building is in question, "so much so that we're concerned that if we have a minor quake, it won't stay," Kozak said. ...
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Koniag Inc. posts $5.9 million net loss in FY13
Koniag Inc. will keep its shareholder dividend at $3 after posting a net loss of $5.9 million in the 2013 fiscal year. The regional Native corporation for Kodiak made the dividend announcement at its annual meeting, held Saturday in Seattle. Amber Jenkins McDonald, Conrad Peterson and Ronald Unger were all elected to the company’s board of directors in elections held at the meeting. According to Koniag’s annual re...
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Report: Local schools endure recent staffing cuts
A new legislative report shows the Kodiak Island Borough School District has lost 13 percent of its staff since 2011, with the largest reduction occurring in teaching staff. The report, released by Legislative Research Services on Sept. 23, studied the school districts in Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau for fiscal years 2011-2013 and preliminary estimates for fiscal year 2014. Statewide, the school distric...
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Woman works to promote awareness in Alaska for rare disease
Monday was International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day, and a Kodiak woman who suffers from the “suicide disease” has started a campaign to raise awareness in Alaska. Kodiak resident Katie Anderson, 32, was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia in 2009 and started a campaign called Trigeminal Neuralgia Alaska to raise awareness in the state. Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare chronic pain disease that affects the n...
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Leisnoi land swap collapses
A proposed land swap between Leisnoi Inc. and the Kodiak Island Borough is dead. Borough manager Bud Cassidy announced the death of the deal after Leisnoi’s board of directors declined to pursue the proposal. Leisnoi, the Native corporation for Woody Island, has partnered with A-1 Timber Inc. to harvest timber from Leisnoi land near Chiniak. The borough owns 800 acres of timberland adjacent to Leisnoi property, an...
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Fire departments prepare for Fire Prevention Week
This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and local fire departments are working to promote fire safety by holding open houses. The week was set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and is part of October Fire Prevention Month. The NFPA proclaimed the week’s theme to be preventing kitchen fires. According to the NFPA, the kitchen is the leading area of origin for house fires with most kitchen fire...
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CHARR convention and auction in Kodiak raised $24,000 for Pioneers
Alaska CHARR, the Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association, held its annual convention in Kodiak last week and raised more than $24,000 for the Pioneers of Alaska at a charity auction. Alaska CHARR has eight affiliates including Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, the Kenai Peninsula and Sitka. Its convention rotates each year to a different location. The last time the CHARR convention was...
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NPFMC demands action on tendering
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is acting to fix a hole in the new federal fisheries observer program. On Thursday, the council asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to amend its observer program by stepping up observation of tendering vessels. In initial reports, the council was told that the new observer program does not effectively monitor fishing vessels that deliver to at-sea tenders inst...
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